Excel Financial Advisors exists to help our clients build better futures. But there are only so many people you can meet and so many lives you can positively influence on a one-to-one basis. We want to do more.
In 2014 we were invited to help one of our clients with a project dear to their hearts – they were personally providing money to build a school in a Cambodian village. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share in this project by providing the funds to furnish two of the classrooms. It was a great feeling to know you were making a positive impact on the lives of so many people who you would probably never meet.
A project like that takes a whole lot of time and effort, and coordination through a local charitable organisation. It was something we couldn’t do ourselves, and we were humbled to be able to be a part of such a & worthwhile project.
But those sort of opportunities don’t come around too often – or so I thought – but I was thinking about it all wrong. You see, it doesn’t have to be a big project to make an impact. Many small giving events, if done regularly enough, can make such a huge difference. But where do you start, and how do you make it a regular part of what you do?
The answer for us came through an introduction to the great work done by an organisation known as Buy1Give1. B1G1 helps businesses achieve a greater social impact by embedding giving in their everyday activities. We knew this was the right solution for us.
We are proud to be a premium partner of the Global Giving Initiative of Buy1Give1. This means that whenever we do business with our clients, something great happens.
We know we can’t change the world by ourselves, but collectively we can all make a big difference. Over 2000 businesses around the world are members of the B1G1 movement.
One of the great things about B1G1 is they stay in regular contact with the various projects, and can provide us with updates on the impact our giving is having. This allows us to feel more connected to the projects we support. Through B1G1 we are able to easily change the projects we support from time to time, to spread the impact of our giving to different parts of the world and to projects with a different focus, whether it be the provision of basic necessities such as food or water, access to education, protecting the environment, or improving the quality of life of a person in need.
Since joining B1G1 in April 2016 we’ve supported a number of worthy projects (there are so many to choose from), but this year we’ve decided to concentrate our efforts on just 6 projects.
We will continue to support a goat breeding program in Kenya, which over time will provide sustainable income and nutrition for many Kenyan families. We will also continue to support the construction of wells in Ethiopia to provide fresh water for rural villagers. After talking to several teachers we have decided to change our focus from providing access to education for a single person, to helping fund school classrooms and other infrastructure which will benefit entire communities in Cambodia and Nepal. We will also be assisting rural farmers in Kenya by supporting access to irrigation for village community crops, and providing grain seed to help feed children in Malawi.
Each time we make a giving impact through B1G1 it creates at least two smiles – the smile from the people who benefit from the assistance, and the smile of joy it brings to us to know the small giving we do helps make the world a better place.